Is Paris Burning?

Is Paris Burning? was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the devastation that had befallen France over the past few days.  When the Wehrmacht was ordered to abandon France, Hitler ordered that Paris be put to the torch, hence his question.   But I could have titled this movie, The Curse […]

The Conciliar Structures of the Orthodox Church in America. A Time of Crisis and Opportunity: Part II

The Mission of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church in America, as the local Body of Christ (for/on) the North American Continent, is to be faithful in preaching the fullness of the Gospel of the Kingdom to all peoples of North America in fulfillment of the great commission of Jesus Christ to “Go into all the world […]

Five Good Reasons NOT to Visit a Monastery

The temptations of monastic maximalism First published in Again Magazine, Winter 1999. The priest looked out of the altar, checking to see if the choir director was ready to begin the hours before the Divine Liturgy. Just as he was ready to say, “Blessed is our God,” his newest convert, Bill, made a grand entrance […]

Do Not Resent, Do Not React, Keep Inner Stillness

When I was in seminary I had the great blessing of becoming the spiritual son of a Greek bishop, Bishop Kallistos of Xelon. He ended his life as the bishop of Denver of the Greek Archdiocese. It was he who taught me the Jesus Prayer. The whole spiritual vision of Bishop Kallistos had three very […]

Where Do We Go from Here? Father Alexander Schmemann: In Memoriam

Twenty five years have passed since the repose of Father Alexander Schmemann. Father Alexander’s vision shaped the structure and life of the Orthodox Church in America as well as St. Vladimir’s Seminary. His works informed and infuriated, transformed and influenced the life of the whole Orthodox community in America and beyond. Reading his works now, […]

Creativity and Tradition

In what is necessary, unity; in what is dubious, diversity; in all things, charity. — St. Augustine of Hippo Creativity is inherent within the Tradition, as synergy vivified by the energy of the Holy Spirit. It is the power that fuels the continual growth of the life of the Church, and its adaptation to each […]